OBJEKTívne / OBJECTive

The principal aim of the exhibition is to confront and support the contemporary form of the object (whether objects or installations) as a distinctive form of thinking in space, and to give preference to the non-figurative language of forms and shapes and their significant contexts
Curator: Vladimír Beskid

Opening:

November 29,  2018

6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Duration:

November 30, 2018 - February 24, 2019

Venue:

1st floor, Kunsthalle Bratislava

The exhibition project entitled “Objektívne / Objective”, which KHB will present in premiere, is principally focused on mapping the state of contemporary 3D thinking on the Czech and Slovak art scenes. Its principal aim is to confront and support the contemporary form of the object (whether objects or installations) as a distinctive mode of thinking in space, and to give preference to the non-figurative language of forms and shapes and their significant contexts. The exhibition concentrates on those generations of artists who entered the visual art scene post-1989, hence after the change of regime, and today figure in a broader central European context (these are artists born between 1966 and 1982, i.e. mainly in the 1970s).    

Preference is given to post-conceptual approaches, critical and ironic (humorous) reflection on the contemporary world, with its hybrid, bastard, broken and fragmentary form: the scattered, tremulous and “nervy” (medialised) picture of present times. The exhibition features use of non-classical sculptural materials, found and cast-off objects, and an aesthetic of postsocialist recycling and memory (school cabinets and the tower block setting, architectural models, discarded lifts, endless columns of sacks of cement or Bibles, non-functional tools and instruments, ageing furniture, electrical installation, the handyman and DIY aesthetic, and so on).    

Attention is devoted to the poetics of absurd encounters of materials and bastard settings (the disorderly system of the scrapyard, eccentric collection, accumulation, bazaar, garage, workshop...) By means of a series of objects, the exhibition thus introduces its own objective of setting and photo-snapping the world. Hence not only its own “clash of materials” but also a “clash of cultures and galaxies” in the Sunday living room. 

 

Vladimír Beskid

curator of the exhibiton